On November 23, five days before Thanksgiving, my sweet grandmother passed away after an eight-month-long battle with cancer. Grandmother was my mentor, my best friend, and my biggest supporter. I credit all that I am to her. She read my blog since the very beginning, helped me purchase makeup so that I would have things to write about, and encouraged me in every way that she knew how. I am so blessed to have known such a beautiful, selfless, and loving woman. I miss her beyond what any words could ever describe.
This holiday season has been extremely difficult for me due to my grandmother’s passing. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. She always extravagantly decorated her house and dressed up as Mrs. Claus to make my family laugh. Though my heart is broken, I want this Christmas to be wonderful and full of joy – just like it was when Grandmother was here on earth.
For this post, I have put together five activities that you can do on your own or with your family to feel the spirit of Christmas after the loss of a loved one. My hope is that these simple holiday traditions/actions bring joy and healing to your life during this challenging time. Please know that I am here to encourage, support, and love you if you are going through a situation similar to mine. This is a safe place where all emotions are welcome. ♥
Create New Traditions in Honor of Your Loved One
Creating new traditions in honor of your loved one may include incorporating their favorite food or dessert into your holiday menu or reading a particular book to your kids that your loved one enjoyed.
Make or Purchase A Memory Ornament
Memory ornaments are a beautiful way to honor your loved one during the holidays. You can design and make your own, or you can purchase one online. I will leave links to a few of my favorites in the “Shop Here!” section below this post.
Play Your Loved One’s Favorite Holiday Songs
My grandmother loved Elvis Presley, so it is very important to me that his songs are played in my house every holiday season from now on. If your loved one had a favorite Christmas song or album, play it and explain the significance of the music to your friends, spouse, and/or children to keep your memories of that person alive.
Reminisce in A Setting That is Comfortable for You
The holidays tend to bring back some of the most precious memories that we made with our loved ones. Choose a setting that is comfortable for you to reminisce. Remember, it is okay to cry! I find myself thinking about my grandmother the most when the house is dark and quiet. You may find peace in talking with your friends and family or sitting alone by a cozy fire with a hot chocolate in your hand.
Do What You Love
Participating in festivities that make you happy is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit after a tragedy. Listen to music that lifts your mood, watch movies that make you laugh, bake your favorite treats, and express your love to those who are still here on earth. Life is but a vapor – here today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, remember those who have passed on and cherish those who are facing the struggles of life alongside you.
If this post helped you in any way, please let me know in a comment below. I would love to get to know you and encourage you through your loss. I will continue to share my experience with grief and healing in the future, so please follow my blog to get notified every time I upload new content. Thank you for reading, lovely. I will talk to you again very soon.
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